Montreal, June 18, 2020 - Desjardins Global Asset Management Inc. (DGAM), the manager and portfolio advisor of the Desjardins Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), announces updates to Scientific Beta Indices methodologies implemented by Scientific Beta Pte Ldt. (Scientific Beta), the index provider. The updates as well as the ETFs impacted by the changes are listed below. These changes will be effective on or about June 19, 2020.
A) Scientific Beta Multifactor-Controlled Volatility Indices - addition of a controversial weapons filter
The index provider added a filter to the indices to exclude companies involved in certain controversial weapons which currently includes anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions, which are the two classes of controversial weapons most often concerned by investment prohibitions in multiple state jurisdictions. Controversial weapons are weapons that are either prohibited under international conventions or deemed inhumane due to their disproportionate or indiscriminate impact.
The addition of a controversial weapons filter to the Scientific Beta Multifactor-Controlled Volatility Indices affects the Desjardins Multifactor - Controlled Volatility ETFs:
B) Scientific Beta Multifactor Low Fossil Fuel Index - extension of one of the Fossil Fuels filters
The index already excluded the following companies:
- (i) classified in the Energy - Fossil Fuels business sector;
- (ii) owning reserves of Fossil Fuels;
- (iii) with a significant share of revenues deriving from thermal coal;
- (iv) with a significant portion of thermal coal in their power generation fuel mix.
The index provider extended the Index's filter (iii) to exclude companies with a significant share of revenues deriving from fossil fuels (including coal, oil and gas), instead of focusing only on thermal coal. The goal of this update is to better exclude companies that are involved in the Fossil Fuel industry.
The extension of one of the Index's Fossil Fuels filter contained in the Scientific Beta Desjardins Global RI Fossil Fuel Reserves Free Multifactor Index affects the following ETF:
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